Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Effect of dehydration?


I bruised my ribs in Ohio and I've noticed something strange in the last few days. I've gone on longish (around 90 minute) runs in warm weather and near the end my ribs have become very uncomfortable. Tonight it was enough that I stopped early and walked back to my car.

In both cases, I've felt significantly better after drinking some sport drink. Is that a cause-effect relationship. Did the sport drink help? Or is it just a coincidence?

Another Swedish Champs sprint map

A couple of days ago I posted a map from the area where the Swedish Sprint Champs took place. Below is the map of the finals, with Emma Engstrand's winning routes.

A Sprint Lesson

One of the important skills in sprint orienteering is going to the next control. It sounds simple, but I've seen a lot of good orienteers who've been disqualified or lost lots of time because they skipped a control in a sprint race.

Take a look at the fuzzy photo of this sprint map with Oystein Sorensen's routes. Its is a great race..except that if you look closely, he ran from 4 to 6.

When you're standing at the starting line of a sprint race, it is probably worth remembering that you've got to go to the first control, then the second, then the third, and so on. That sounds simple, but it isn't as easy as it sounds.

posted by Michael | 8:28 PM


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